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Msg #1148 Thanks for Mercy, Thanks for Grace
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Rounding out a month that emphasizes Thanksgiving can best be done by offering up thanks and praise for God’s great mercy and grace. The born again Christian, by God’s mercy, will not face judgment. The little prophetical book of Zephaniah is replete with the promised judgment, but a whispered reprieve is found there: “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, who have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness; it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.” Thank you God that you have pointed me to this meek exit from judgment and I am no longer under condemnation. Three 5 and 9s in 1Thes., Rom., and Hebrews, state that a believer is not appointed unto wrath. The wrath of God will be poured out on this world and on every individual that does not believe, trust, and call on the name of His only begotten Son. Thank you Lord that I am now not appointed to wrath, I deserve it but your mercy endureth forever. Thanks that we are not getting what we deserve should be followed by thanks that we are getting what we do not deserve. John14 says “In My Father's house are many mansions; … I go to prepare a place for you.” Thank you Lord, for putting my name on a mansion in your presence, not just a room. Jesus goes on: “If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father.” Thank you God, that I have seen you, via your written word I saw you this morning. Chapter 15 goes on: “Henceforth I call you not servants,… but I have called you friends.” Thank you Lord that I can be your friend. Thank you Lord for your mercy and your grace to me.
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